10 PM CHANGUI HAVANA: One of Toronto’s newer ensembles, this twelve-piece all-Cuban group moves effortlessly from salsa and merengue to cumbia, bachata and gritty steet-style timba.
8 PM – Jay Danley… formerly the tres guitar player with Son Ache… and veteran of numerous recordings by Cuban artists… has a group called Ethio Jazz Project Fantahun Shewankochew.
Opening night of the 2013 Lulaworld festival! Jay Danley’s compositions combine Ethiojazz (Ethiopian scales with jazz) with influences from Latin, modern jazz, ambient and progressive music.
Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre and Batuki Music Society. Hosted by Batuki Artistic Director Nadine McNulty.
Inspired by Ethiopian-born percussionist Mulatu Astatke of the popular Les Ethiopiques recording series, Danley creatively explores the deep beauty of Ethiopian music.
A master in the unique tunings of Ethiopian music, Fantahun Shewankochew is an acoustic krar player, multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger and vocalist who has performed throughout the world. His extensive discography includes an album of Ethiopian love songs featuring the popular young singer Gigi.
The concert will feature compositions by both Danley and Shewankochew as well as a few surprises.
- Fantahun Shewankochew – vocals and krar
- Jay Danley – guitar
- Chris Gale and Elena Kapeleris – saxes
- Sam Petite – bass
- Jeff Halischuck – drums
- Richard Whiteman – keyboards
In between musical events, join a beginner’s dance lesson with veteran dance teacher Vladimir Aranda.